"Not A Great Name, If You Don't Mind Me Saying So"


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DJ Michael 'Micky Mac' McNamara was compere the night U2 won the 'Limerick Civic Week Pop 78' competition. Atlhough impressed with their sound Micky Mac didn't think much of the band's name.  

  • Title
    Recalling U2 Competition Win
  • 1st Broadcast
  • Contributor
    Dave Fanning (Presenter)
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  • Series title
    The Dave Fanning Show
  • Clip title
    "Not A Great Name, If You Don't Mind Me Saying So"
  • Extended description

    Michael 'Micky Mac' McNamara remembers a night in 1978 when he compered a battle of the bands competition in Limerick. He recalls being impressed by the arrival of U2 in a Jaguar which he thinks was Adam Clayton's father's car.

    Micky Mac asked the four brash young men what they were called. Bono replied that they were the Hype but the were changing their name to U2 and asked what Micky Mac thought of the new name. The DJ said, "Not a great name, if you don't mind me saying so."

  • Information

    Dave Fanning has a long association with U2. It was on his show that listeners were asked to chose the 'A' side for the first single. Dave Fanning has also been give the opportunity to broadcast U2's singles before anyone else in the world.

    The photograph accompanying this clip is an early shot taken for the RTÉ Guide's music pages, in November 1979.

    U2 are standing on the pedestrian bridge outside the RTÉ grounds at Donnybrook, Dublin - some of RTÉ's buildings are partly visible in the background. From left to right; Adam Clayton (bass guitarist), Larry Mullen (drummer), The Edge (David Evans, guitarist) and Bono (Paul Hewson, lead singer).

    A still from this shoot was published in the RTÉ Guide's 'Sound and Vision' column on 21 December 1979. The photographer was Eve Holmes.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 2071/094

  • Local keywords
    U2, Bono, Adam Clayton, Michael McNamara, Limerick, Music, Rock, Pop Music, Arts, Culture, Competition
  • Geographical coverage
    Limerick, Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
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  • Language used
    English (eng)